Verlorenvlei Estuary

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A4i (1998)
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Area: 29,600 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2012 high very unfavourable low
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Site summary
Verlorenvlei is a closed coastal estuarine-lake and marsh system fed by an intermittent allogenic river. The estuary mouth lies along the Atlantic Ocean. Verlorenvlei is one of the largest natural wetlands along southern Africa's west coast, and it is one of the few coastal freshwater lakes in South Africa. The wetland regularly supports over 5 000 birds and occasionally it holds over 20 000, including over a thousand waders of at least 11 different species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Verlorenvlei Estuary. Downloaded from on 06/06/2023.